Mill Spring, North Carolina – September 26, 2021 – Taylor Land (USA) and Get Go added more wins at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) to their list of successes at the venue by landing first place in the $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix and the $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake during Tryon Fall 1. Land (USA) and Get Go, owned by Pinetree Farms Inc, took the grand prix win with a jump-off time of 35.221 seconds.
Abigail McArdle (USA) and Sweetwater Jumpers LLC’s Golden Quality, the 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Quality Time TN x Quasimodo Z), followed closely behind in second with a score of 35.99 seconds.
McArdle (USA) also placed third with Samuel Parot Jr.’s (CHI) I&H Boogy Woogy, the 2006 Hungarian gelding (Faldo x I&H Vanilla Fudge), earning a time of 36.872 seconds, as well as fourth on Victorio 5, owned by Victorio Equine Group LLC, with 37.542 seconds.
Land spoke highly of the course design by Nick Granat (Wellington, FL) that challenged 13 pairs, with only four returning for the jump-off.
“I thought the first course was really fun! Everything came up pretty quick out of the turn, which is always challenging. The triple was early in the course, which can be difficult, but I thought my horses handled it very well today. I really enjoy Nick Granat’s courses. He provides a lot of options and his courses aren’t trappy. I did two horses today and I really enjoyed it with both of them.”
With McArdle (USA) competing on three horses, Land was able to preview how the jump-off course rode for McArdle before taking her turn in the ring.
“I was very lucky that Abigail was in the jump-off with three horses. I was the only other competitor, and she went before me on two horses, so I got to see her go and how the track rode. I didn’t really change my plan based on her rounds, but I knew where I needed to be fast and that’s always such an advantage. She had a rail with the first horse, but she had a really nice round with the second horse, so I just looked for a few places to shave time. I think I was a little faster in two of the rollbacks, and that was about it. I was just trying to nick away at her time because she had a really good jump-off.”
Land praised her trusty first-place mount, the 2012 Hanoverian gelding (Grey Top x World Diamond O), upon whom she has won many firsts at TIEC.
“[Get Go] was very good! He’s such a special boy and he loves Tryon. He’s been jumping here since he was a young horse, so he always feels really comfortable in this ring.”
Final Results – $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix
1) Taylor Land (USA) & Get Go – 0 / 0 – 35.221
2) Abigail McArdle (USA) & Golden Quality – 0 / 0 – 35.99
3) Abigail McArdle (USA) & I&H Boogy Woogy – 0 / 0 – 36.872
Source: Press Release from TIEC – Tryon International Equestrian Center
Photo: ©TIEC / Reagan Ibach